Sandra arrived in
Sweden, a small suburb of
from India when she was three
months ted to the community of Torshälla/Eskilstuna and the
people who created
a place she called home. Eskilstuna is located in south-central
Sweden, about an hour's drive west of Stockholm, in the län
(county) of Södermanland. A bustling
community of around 60,000 people (90,000 in the
municipality), Eskilstuna was a center of
trade beginning around the 12th century, but was not chartered
until 1659. In the 17th and 18th centuries, its iron and
steel industries grew rapidly, soon rivalling those of Sheffield,
England. Eskilstuna is still one of the chief centers
of the Swedish metal industry, with cutlery and precision instruments
of particular importance.
Eskilstuna sits on the banks of the Eskilstuna
River, providing a beautiful setting for a Swedish community.
The city is centered around its downtown, as most European cities
are, with very small suburbs. The city seems crowded,
despite it's fairly modest
size, but when one leaves the city limits,
the difference is noticeable. Suddenly one finds themself
surrounded by vast expanses of farmland,
with only an occasional little red cottage or farmhouse
with white trim dotting the horizon.
lies only a couple of kilometers from Eskilstuna, nestled into
the countryside with it's population of around 8,500.
It was incorporated
in 1317, and its church has stood since the 1100s. Sandra
and her family grew up on a small street on the outskirts of
town, where she lived all her life. You can see photos
of her home in our
and in our various Eskilstuna photo pages.
majority of the sites listed on this page are in Swedish, unless
otherwise indicated. Many sites also offer all or part
of their site in English. The English version of these
sites is marked with
Clicking on the button will take you to the English version,
and the text hyperlink will take you to the Swedish version.
Visit our Photo
Gallery to see pictures of Eskilstuna and Torshälla, as
well as photos of us during our trips to Torshälla in 1995,
1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000! Also see our page on
Sweden for general
information about the country.